Despite being around for many years, the Moscow Mule has gained popularity over the past decade. Initially created as something to sell Smirnoff vodka and gingerale, its “ease of drinking” helped it became what feels less like a fad and more like a staple. It’s a refreshing cocktail with ginger, vodka and lime. Plus, the copper mug doesn’t hinder its popularity. It’s stylish. It’s alcohol in a mug!
When Juliette Has a Gun announced that they were releasing a perfume inspired by this popular drink, Moscow Mule, I was very interested. It seems like the sort of cocktail that would easily translate into a perfume.
The opening of Moscow Mule is like ice and lime wedges. It’s a cool citrus. The ginger isn’t fresh ginger, but like that in an effervescent ginger ale. From the beginning to the end, there’s a dry, sharp cedar. The heart is lime juice and a radiant cedar that reminds me of something like Iso E Super® or gamma isomers, aromachemicals that remind me of radiance, lemons and cedar gilded in bronze…it’s something you’ve smelled in many perfumes before. Eventually that is what Moscow Mules becomes. It’s like dry, sharp woods on ice. It’s a bit diffused. Sometimes I smell the citrus woods, other times I don’t.
In summary, Moscow Mule is a fresh, cool fragrance that I would recommend for summer. It’s not as “feminine” as the rest of the line and is unisex (in my opinion). I see this being the sort of fragrance that would appeal to those that adore perfumes from the Escentric Molecules line or those other “streamline” modern perfumes. Like the drink, this fragrance is simplistic but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t enjoyable. However, this won’t be enjoyable if you dislike synthetic, dry woods! It’s like ordering a Moscow Mule if you don’t like ginger beer. Just don’t do it, ok. Luckily, I like ginger beer AND woods.
Notes listed include bergamot, ginger and Norlimbanol®¹. Launched in 2018. PERFUMER – Romano Ricci
Give Moscow Mule a try if you like woodsy citrus “colognes”. Or perfumes like Escentric Molecules Molecule 01, Byredo Super Cedar, Andrea Maack Dual, Dior Dior Home Cologne (limited edition), Malin + Goetz Bergamot and/or Chanel Allure Homme Sport.
Projection and longevity are average. I actually think I may be anosmic to some of this. I suspect there are musks that I’m not really picking up on.
Moscow Mule comes in a few sizes with the 1.7 oz retailing for $100 at Sephora.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Cedar, limes and ice. It’s a cool citrus with woods (heavy on the synth woods). I see it being something refreshing for summer.
¹This is an aromachemical by Firmenich that has an extremely dry, woodsy character. Once you smell it, you know you’ve smelled it before. To me, it’s somewhere between cedar sawdust and patchouli.
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